Last July, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration arrested a 28-year-old male named Romi Hoshino. Hoshino is also known as Zakay Romi, the manager of the now shut down manga piracy website, Mangamura. And now, Hoshina has been deported from the country, and has been sent back to Japan from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Fukuoka prefetural police are expected to arrest him once he arrives in Japan.
The Philippine police arrested Hoshino at the request of the Japanese government. They then held him at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. And from the looks of things, the deportation proceedings have finally been concluded as he was now sent back to his home country.
Mangamura reportedly shut down voluntarily in 2018. After it shut down, several mangaka reported huge jumps in the sales of their works. Japan has been stepping up its anti-piracy campaign lately, and big publishers like Shogakukan have also launched their own campaigns as well. And in addition to Mangamura’s closure, Japanese police also arrested five Chinese nationals tied to anime and manga piracy.
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